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June 29, 2010

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June 29, 2010

FFS has a long history of work in the field of ophthalmology. Through their many programs, hundreds of ophthalmic researchers have been trained. Through my involvement, there will be a new element of support for public health interventions in blindness prevention. FFS is uniquely qualified to make this program a success.

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I have known many of the previous awardees.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

I received a Fight for Sight grant-in-aid several years ago for my research in ocular stem cells. The grant was instrumental in helping me obtain preliminary results that led to a grant from the National Institutes of Health to combat retinoblastoma, a blinding and potentially fatal eye disease of childhood. The project continues to this day. I could not have made the progress that I did, if not for the financial support of Fight for Sight. A few years ago, I became a volunteer reviewer for Fight for Sight. The research grants that we review provide seed money to students, postdoctoral fellows, as well as established researchers (grants-in-aid). These grants support important vision-saving research. We review grants online and then gather from around the country to discuss the grants in person at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in Fort Lauderdale. I am always impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the staff. It feels good to be able to give back to an organization that was so helpful to me at a time when I needed those funds for my professional survival.

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I received a grant-in-aid a few years ago (2004-2005) that supported my research and led to additional funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the people every year for grant review.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always friendly, helpful and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help even more research labs address the important causes of blinding eye diseases.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 28, 2010

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June 28, 2010

FFS plays an important role in the vision research community by supporting young scientists. At a personal level both my summer student and postdoc fellowships were key events in my young professional life. My FFS summer graduate student fellowship encouraged me to continue thinking independently and creatively. As I started my postdoc, I wanted to approach basic questions about vision using a multidisciplinary approach. However, traditional postdoc positions don't encourage much collaboration across labs due to funding limitations. Fortunately, the FFS postdoc fellowship supported my developing a research program that benefits from the expertise of two different labs. Thank you FFS for believing in me and my ideas.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting my research as a grad student and as a postdoc

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its commitment to support young scientists and its ARVO get-togethers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and committed to help scientists fight blindness.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

encourage more young scientists to find cures for blindness

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

Fight for Sight (FFS) is one of the country's oldest eye and vision research charities whose singular mission is to identify, support and nurture individuals at the beginning of their medical and/or scientific careers by providing seed funding for research. Many current and former leaders in academic ophthalmology and eye and vision research credit FFS with providing the initial support that enabled them to successfully apply for larger federal or foundation research awards. 65 years after its founding, its mission is still intact and FFS continues to serve and important and unique niche within the medical research charity world. Having had students who received FFS funding, I know how important this relatively small amount of money is to a young clinician-scientist, both as a measure of accomplishment and confidence from their colleagues and mentors and as a tool with which to develop preliminary research results in preparation for applying to the National Eye Institute for Federal grant funds. Mildred Weisenfeld, our founder, would be very proud to see just how her efforts have led to so many successes in treatment and cures for visual disability and blindness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've mentored students who received FFS funding and went on to great success in eye and vision research and academic medicine.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the ability and ways FFS can really make a positive impact on the future careers of young academic clinicians and scientists.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund far more deserving and qualified applicants that our limited funds currently permit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 25, 2010

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June 25, 2010

Funding for research is difficult to obtain in the current economic climate. Fight for Sight provides so many Ophthalmology department with funds that can be used for new projects, to buy a desparately needed piece of equipment, and the like. Additionally they provide fellowships for medical students, and this is very important as it increases the potential that they will pursue a career in both medicine and research.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I personally received a mid-career award that I could use as I thought best. Those funds generated preliminary data that allowed me to obtain additional funding from NIH.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 24, 2010

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June 24, 2010

As a college student, I sought to do medical research but found it difficult to obtain the necessary funding as a student. I was lucky enough to be awarded with the Fight For Sight Student Fellowship Grant. I was able to complete my summer research project with that funding. Now, three years later I am in my final year of medical school, applying for an ophthalmology residency. I hope to continue studying eye diseases at a large research institution.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Supporting and encouraging my future career as a physician scientist, while I was still a college student

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how I was able to contribute to the medical field at such a young age

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, generous, and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

improve the eye health and quality of life for millions of people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

June 24, 2010

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June 24, 2010

I volunteered as a high school student when Fight for Sight sought Volunteers. No w 45 years later here I am writing a review about why I am committed to their cause. The beauty of Fight for Sight is that its mission is clear and simple. It provides grants to those researching blinding eye diseases..their causes, hopefully their cures. It isn't sexy or large, but it's uniqueness is what has kept me involved all of these years and hopefully many more ahead.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is rewarding to see its impact

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Had taught me life long lessons

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Cure many blinding eye diseases

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 24, 2010

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June 24, 2010

My mom who recently passed away was an avid supporter of FFS. She held the position of Treasurer in her local chapter for many years. I fondly remember her helping organize and plan fundraising efforts in an over 55 community in Florida.In fact, we actually have some of the FFS coin collection containers she had used standing in front of local stores. I feel it is important to carry on this tradition of supporting FFS as the work they do to help people with vision issues is extremely important. At this time I can only help with monetary support, but in the future I hope to be able to volunteer and help in different ways.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the satisfaction my mom felt when she was able to mail the yearly check in from her local chapter.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 21, 2010

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June 21, 2010

Since 1946 Fight for Sight has invested in the future of vision research by funding promising young scientists early in their careers. This has led to many innovative therapies that assist patients to have better eyesight, thereby improving their quality of life. Many of the individuals that Fight for Sight has supported have gone on to beocme chairmen of major departments in academic medical centers and serve on the National Insitutes of Health administration. I believe this is a most deserving organization in its unique ability to recruit such outstanding individuals that have such an excellent track record. As for myself, serving on this Board has been a valuable education in research at work. In the past, I was an administrator of a large academic department of ophthalmology and often applied with the scientists for grants. Once I left this position I was recruited to the Board of Directors of Fight for Sight - so I am in the unique position of having watched scientists receive the benefits of a Fight for Sight award as well as now seeing and participating,first hand how the process works. Fight for Sight has done an outstanding job for 65 years in supporting vision research with remarkable results.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results a scientific grant award can make in a physician/researcher's life. The initial award allows them to produce data that then can be used to apply for larger funding from other organizations or the National Eye Institute.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Is working with great people that believe in what they are doing - it is infectious.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Unique individuals from all walks of life that wish to contribute their effort to improving vision for all.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could fund more research that could find answers to preplexing vision problems faster.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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